Define Success on Your Terms

Blog #267 True success is rarely measured by the size of your bank account, the car you drive, or the neighborhood you live in. During these challenging times, many people are reflecting and taking stock of what is really important based on their own values. Family, health, quality time, work environment, and financial stability all come into play. Finance is still an important measurement, but the focus has pivoted away

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Do Less, Think More

Blog #266 In the next 12 months, countless organizations that are run by well-intending leaders (who are “working harder”) will run off the cliff of failure. Don’t let this be you! For many senior business leaders and owners, our default setting during challenging times is often ‘Work Harder’. Typically, this is a result of how we navigated growing pains and obstacles in the past; however, more often than not, it

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Why Your Vision of Success Requires Execution

Blog #265 Thomas Edison once said, “Vision without execution is hallucination.” I believe this and agree with it. Exceptional visionary leaders are those who have great ideas and implement them. Intention without action is failure. Lack of vision is prevalent today, especially in a world of high tech and social media. We are in a society that demands more, faster, now. Not all of us have the world-changing vision of

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Rediscover Your “Why”

Blog #264 Rarely do entrepreneurs start a business for the money. Don’t get me wrong, it can be a great motivator and way to keep score; however, if it is your only motivator, you may begin to lose inspiration or become frustrated. I believe that to truly find balance in life, you need to know, love, and want to determine the purpose of your organization. In other words, to rediscover

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Is Your Last Pitch of the Day Your Best Pitch?

Blog #263 As I sat on the back deck, staring glassy-eyed into the woods, Reka sensed that I needed some quiet time. I had done a full day session with a challenging team, and I all really wanted to do was nothing. I did not want to read a book or go for a walk, and I especially did not want to talk anymore. That is, until the phone rang…

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Is it Time to Rightsize?

Blog #262 As a result of our current environment, many organizations have been forced to rightsize. This means scaling down or up within the organization to the right number of people. In other words, defining accurate payroll and the optimal amount of staff needed based on the organization’s volume of business. Ninety percent of the teams I work with are thriving and growing; they actually need to hire more employees.

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Empowerment = Pride

Blog #261 While in an advisory session with a senior leader, the topic of accountability came up. This person inherited a rather entrenched legacy culture that had been deeply damaged by his predecessors, who were incredible micro-managers and needed to be involved in every decision. The team was paralyzed, afraid to act, and fearful of the repercussions if actions were taken without approval from this leader. The result was a

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Be Authentic

Blog #260 A few weeks ago, I had a rare treat: I was able to simultaneously embrace my love for helping people and the outdoors. This combination allowed me to be my authentic self during a unique client session. In last week’s blog (Chaos, Challenges, and Innovation), I discussed how we are now living in some of the most disruptive and wonderful times, and how we have been forced to

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Chaos, Challenges, and Innovation

Blog #259 During a recent discussion with a friend, I took the position that although we are living in extremely disruptive times, there is a huge opportunity for exponential growth for many businesses. This current disruption presents an abundance of opportunities. I contend that many challenges and significant threats to businesses will be amplified. It is critical that businesses act quickly in response to threats or change. This applies to

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Willing to Fail

Blog #258 Well, it happened. I recently attempted my own personal “COVID” version of the Leadville 100 mountain bike race. This is known as the one of the hardest 100-mile races on the planet…and I failed to complete it. When I set my mind to something, it is rare that I do not achieve my objective; however, this was one of those days. Although I did not reach my goal,

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